Let’s face it. We all know that if you live in Minnesota and you have young kiddos, there is no escaping winter viruses, colds, and the flu! My family recently got hit hard. One little boy with Influenza B, and another little boy with Strep, in the same week!
My husband and I both work outside of the home, so you can imagine the amount of chaos and stress this situation could’ve had on us! But I’m here to tell you that you can actually have fun on sick days! We tried a lot of things during our week of being stuck in the house. Here are my top 5 favorite tips for surviving your family’s next sick days:
- Find a special spot for the kiddos to sleep.
My kids don’t like to sleep by themselves in their rooms when they aren’t feeling well. We set up some special beds with lots of pillows and blankets in the living room and let them camp out there all week. You could try setting up a tent or a fort, or a couch in the basement, a spot on the floor in your bedroom, whatever works for your family. We found that it made bedtime go more smoothly, and made it feel like a special slumber party!
- Work on a special project together.
We chose to tackle a 750 piece puzzle that my son got for Christmas! It took us 3 days to complete it, but it gave us something to work on together and something to look forward to each day. You could work on a scrapbook together, a canvas painting, a knitting project, or whatever floats your boat. The point is that it should be something that will take a few days to complete, and that you can easily start and stop during the duration of your time stuck at home.
- Take this time to plan an upcoming birthday or event!
My son’s 8th birthday is coming up in a couple of months, so we decided to snuggle up on the couch and start planning his birthday party. Grab a notepad and your laptop or tablet, and start planning away! Kids love to get involved with planning for holidays and special events, especially their own birthdays, and it also takes their mind off of being sick which is a plus.
- Try a Lego bath.
Yes, you read that correctly. This was my boy’s favorite thing we did while they were sick. I literally rounded up a bunch of the larger sized Lego’s and dumped them in the tub – along with the bubbles and essential oils of course. This kept them happy & entertained for almost an hour! You can adopt this idea to whatever your kiddos are into – dinosaurs, cars, dolls – as long as the toys are safe to go in the water.
- Set up a “sickness command center”.
This one is more for the parents than the kiddos. We designated an area of our kitchen counter as the “command center”. This is where we kept all of their medicines, antibacterial wipes, thermometers, sore throat suckers, and a notepad & a pen to keep track of their temps, what time they had their last dose of medicine, and anything else worth noting. This was extremely helpful as my husband and I were both taking turns being home with them, and coming and going from work.
I hope you all stay healthy for as long as possible, but when your next sick day comes (and it will), I hope that these tips will help to make it as enjoyable as possible!